The Wandering Soul Murders (2001) Wendy Crewson, Victor Garber, Robin Dunne, Thure Riefenstein, Jim Boeven, Cynthia Gibb Movie Review

The Wandering Soul Murders (2001)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Wendy Crewson and Victor Garber in The Wandering Soul Murders (2001)

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Former police office Joanne Kilbourn (Wendy Crewson - The Last Brickmaker in America) has a problem as her son, Peter (Jason Knight), has once again become involved with Christy Sinclair (Kerry McPherson) and there is something about her which Joanne doesn't like. But Joanne finds herself involved in a murder case when a waitress working for her daughter, Mieka (Joanne Vannicola), is found murdered by a dumpster with it looking like she was the latest in a series of killings known as the flower prostitute murders. It brings her not only back in to touch with TV producer Jill Dempsey (Cynthia Gibb - High Stakes) who hires her to be the shows crime expert but it also sees her working with Inspector Philip Millard (Victor Garber - A Colder Kind of Death) again.

I am sure I have mentioned before that there are six made for TV movies featuring Wendy Crewson as Joanne Kilbourn and so far in those I have watched we get the usual mix of continuing story involving Joanne's personal life and then alongside that there is a crime which may or may not be connected with the unsolved murder of her husband some years back. The thing is that the personal side of these movies and in particular in "The Wandering Soul Murders" doesn't really manifest itself and instead of this feeling part of an ongoing drama feels more like your stereotypical crime drama.

What that means is that what you get in "The Wandering Soul Murders" is an initial murder which draws Joanne in to investigating a possible serial killer and as is often the case another murder which may or may not be connected. The thing is that it only ever feels routine despite there being a bit of a connection to her children when it comes to the victims. And it is why, despite both Wendy Crewson and Victor Garber doing a solid job of playing their parts, this ends up coming across more as a time filler than something which really commands your attention.

What this all boils down to is that maybe if you are a fan of the earlier movies in the series of Joanne Kilbourn TV movies then "The Wandering Soul Murders" may end up a lot more entertaining. But for me this simply ended up just another made for TV crime story with nothing to make it stand out from the crowd.